Book Rack

Book Rack

Inspector Singh Investigates:
A Most Peculiar Malaysian Murder
Shamini Flint
Hachette, 2009, pp 295, Rs 295

Inspector Singh is sent from his home in Singapore to Kuala Lampur to solve a murder that has been stumped. A famous Singaporean model is on death row for the murder of her ex-husband. Singh needs to to pull out all the stops to crack a crime that could potentially free an innocent woman. The first installment in Inspector Singh’s new series, where he travels throughout Asia busting crimes.

Unbordered Memories:
Sindhi Stories of Partition
Edited and Translated by Rita Kothari
Penguin, 2009, pp 170, Rs 250

In this book, we witness Sindhis from India and Pakistan making imaginative entries into each other’s worlds. These writings from both sides of the border fiercely critique the abuse of human dignity in the name of religion and national borders.

Family Planning
Karan Mahajan
Rupa & Co, 2009, pp 218, Rs 395

A hilarious and terrifying account of the moral bankruptcy of our political leaders, this is the story of a Cabinet Minister who cannot stop having children and of a modern city, New Delhi, that is crowded beyond belief. The author dissects the pettiness of our politicians, the absurdities of popular culture and the taboos of sexual defunction.

The Country is Yours: Contemporary Nepali Literature
Translated by Manjushree Thapa
Penguin, 2009, pp 189, Rs 250

Organised in four sections — ‘The Perplexity of Living’, ‘The Right to Desire’, ‘The Imminent Liberation’ and ‘Vision’ — the stories and poems of the 49 writers included here offer insights into the upheavals of Nepali society, politics and identity leading up to and after 1990. They also speak of universal joys and sorrows of the human condition.

The Difficulty of Being Good:
On The Subtle Art of Dharma
Gurchuran Das
Penguin, 2009, pp 434, Rs 699

In the book, the author turns to Sanskrit epic, the Mahabharata, in order to answer the question, ‘why be good?’ and discovers that the epic’s world of moral haziness and uncertainty is closer to our experience as ordinary human beings than the narrow and rigid positions that define most debate in this fundamentalist age of moral certainty.

In Fond Memory of Myself,Kunal Chaudhuri
Diamond Books, 2009, pp 244,

The protagonist in this book is faced with the harsh reality of losing his precious young life. In the process, his ‘twenty one gram’ soul travels to an other worldly dimension. As the world shuts its door on the hapless soul, he carves the path to his new found afterlife. A plethora of surprises unfold in a serene Heaven and in the dungeons of Hell.

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